Friday, July 18, 2008

Movie Trailers: Watchmen, Terminator: Salvation, The Spirit

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Watchmen


About "Watchmen" (via Wikipedia):
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"Watchmen" is a twelve-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Originally published by DC Comics as a monthly limited series from 1986 to 1987...To date, Watchmen remains the only graphic novel to win a Hugo Award, and is also the only graphic novel to appear on Time Magazine's 2005 list of "the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
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"Watchmen" is set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. "Watchmen" depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who - with one notable exception - lack anything recognizable as super powers. The comic book's deconstruction of the conventional superhero archetype, combined with its innovative adaptation of cinematic techniques and heavy use of symbolism, multi-layered dialogue, and metafiction, has influenced both comics and film...
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Warner Bros. confirmed in June 2006 that Zack Snyder would direct a film adaptation of "Watchmen", which is set for release on March 6, 2009. The cast includes Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Previously, directors including Paul Greengrass, Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, and screenwriter David Hayter have been attached to the project over the years...

Here is the first trailer:
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Terminator: Salvation
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About "Terminator: Salvation" (via Wikipedia):
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"Terminator: Salvation" is an upcoming science fiction action film set for release on May 22, 2009. Directed by McG, it is the fourth film in the Terminator franchise and stars Christian Bale as John Connor, Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor, Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, and Sam Worthington as the new terminator Marcus Wright.
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The film is set in 2021, focusing on the original war between humanity and the Terminator computer network Skynet. It abandons the formula of the series (Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Model 101 Terminator time traveling to the present to protect or kill someone of future importance), and the film could be rated PG-13, unlike the other R-rated films. Filming began on May 5, 2008.
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Trailer for Terminator: Salvation:
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The Spirit
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About "The Spirit" (via Wikipedia):
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[comic book] The Spirit is a fictional American masked crime-fighter, created by writer-artist Will Eisner in 1940, who starred in a Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert. His namesake, seven-page weekly series is considered one of the comic-art medium's most significant works, with Eisner creating or popularizing many of the styles, techniques, and storytelling conventions used by comics professionals decades later.
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"The Spirit" chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner, an old friend. Despite the Spirit's origin as a detective named Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again and for all intents and purposes he was simply "The Spirit". The stories ranged through a wide variety of styles, from straightforward crime drama and noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and expectations.
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[movie] "The Spirit" (also known as Will Eisner's "The Spirit)" is an upcoming 2008 American film adaptation based on the newspaper strip The Spirit created by Will Eisner. Batfilm, OddLot, and Lionsgate are set to produce. Frank Miller wrote and directed the film, which stars Gabriel Macht as The Spirit and Samuel L. Jackson as his nemesis, The Octopus. Filming began in October 2007, with release scheduled for December 25, 2008.
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Trailer for The Spirit:
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I was pretty impressed by all three trailers, but the trailer for "The Spirit" tops the other two simply by being the most visually stunning. The news about the new Terminator movie being PG-13 rated is rather disheartening though.
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[Thanks to John from SF Signal for the original article]
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6 Comments:

Thea said...

Oh sweet goodness, I am so excited for WATCHMEN! I got the chills when I saw it in the theater last night. I wasn't sure visually it would be able to be pulled off, but holy crow it looks awesome. Love the comics, cannot wait for the movie which looks like a dman faithful interpretation!!!

Also the new Terminator looks pretty cool, I am loving that Christian Bale is John Connor.

I dunno about THE SPIRIT though--I'm a little scared. It still looks very Sin City to me, and well...not Eisner-esque (although this preview is much better than the first teaser released earlier this year). That said, I'm hopeful :)

ThRiNiDiR said...

I've not read the comics (I'm not really much of a fan; I've still got the seminal Sandman waiting on my shelf), but I'm excited about the movie too.

The Terminator looks cool, but like I've said - the PG rating sounds a bit off-putting.

About The Spirit; I don't care if it looks like Sin City, since I loved that movie...let's just hope that the story holds up to the visuals; and again, I don't know what Eisner-eque should look like, since I haven't read the comic in question :) (not really proud of my ignorance :P)

Ana said...

I don't know about you guys, but I had goosebumps watching the Watchmen trailer!

movie buff said...

totally looking forward the new Terminator... Christian Bale tends to do a great job no matter what role he takes

ThRiNiDiR said...

I agree, Bale is a superb actor; I'm not to fond of him personally (his movies are hit or miss for me), but doesn't say anything for the quality of his performance.

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)

 

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